I finally got the website up! I’m pretty proud of myself, because it’s my first website, and I figured out everything through trial & error and reading a LOT of help forums. Jekyll does provide a template for the website, but I had to learn enough HTML, CSS, & Liquid (the templating language Jekyll uses, developed by Shopify) to write & modify everything.
Unfortunately, I kept getting a generic build error, so I ended up building the site locally with the
jekyll serve command, and pushing the contents of the
_site directory (which is re-written each time you run the
serve command) to my GitHub repo. I have to use a pretty manual/unsophisticated workflow to update the website for now.
Now that the website is up & mostly running, I’ve been finalizing poems, and even writing a few new ones. I haven’t been working on the code or design.
Having gone through the process of setting up a custom domain with GH Pages, I’m a bit worried about getting the book online. Tom Johnson’s doc for his Jekyll theme does include instructions for publishing, but it was also last updated in 2016. I ran into a few issues with this site—the default Jekyll theme—that I’m worried will loom over that project, which is much more customized, and includes some scripting that I don’t fully understand.
The Buffalo Bills
This is the first season since the 90s when I feel like they’re legitimately as good as they look (unlike the flashes of the Losman/Edwards/Fitzpatrick years). Obviously my life will change in zero ways relative to the success or failure of a professional sports team, but it means… I dunno, something… to see Buffalo’s team playing well.
It’s a boring cliche to say that a team is the lifeblood/heartbeat/soul of a town, but people in Rust Belt towns like Buffalo really care about their distractions—myself included, despite trying to ignore games & whole seasons over the past two decades. Like other mid-sized cities, Buffalo is undergoing something of a renaissance right now; but I grew up in the aftermath of the steel & grain industry exodus. Having this team to celebrate means something. I don’t know if I buy into the idea of sports-as-community, but in a crowd of Bills fans, I would without question shotgun a Labatt and body slam a folding table.
- The title of this post comes from terrance hayes's collection how to be drawn